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San Francisco’s trendiest coffee roaster is now making a $12 marijuana-infused cold brew


San Francisco’s trendiest coffee roaster is now making a $12 marijuana-infused cold brew

BY: Melia Robinson – Business Insider – March 16, 2017

A Bay Area pot startup has made it even easier to “wake and bake,” with a new marijuana-infused cold-brew coffee.

Somatik, an artisanal pot-products company founded in 2016, teamed up with boutique roaster Ritual Coffee to create the drink, which hit cannabis dispensary refrigerators in January. An eight-ounce bottle retails for $12.

“Cannabis is a lot like coffee in that … everyone has their routine. I wanted to show that you could actually build a routine around cannabis that [keeps you] functional and does help you,” says Christopher Schroeder, founder of Somatik.

Somatik Featuring Ritual Coffee uses coffee beans grown in western Colombia — steeped for 12 hours in cold water to produce a robust, silky concentrate — and 15 milligrams of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the ingredient in marijuana that gets users high. Drinking the whole bottle would be the (very) rough equivalent of taking a few hits off a joint.

The Bay Area has long been a breeding ground for innovative coffee roasters, from venture-capital darling Blue Bottle Coffee to family-run Philz Coffee. More recently, another industry the area is famous for — marijuana — has moved towards artisanal products as the market matures. Entrepreneurs like Schroeder are optimistic that craft weed will become the new specialty coffee — a lucrative business.

Somatik Featuring Ritual Coffee pairs the two trends in a product that aims to be high-quality and discreet. Schroeder, a former product manager at wearables company Jawbone, wanted to create something his family and friends would find approachable.

“You could have it at your desk and no one’s going to be like, ‘Oh, what are you doing?’ But also, you could talk about it and it does help normalize it. You’re not smoking a joint or ripping a dab. You’re just drinking something that tastes really good,” Schroeder says.

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Jeff Sessions Says Marijuana Is Only ‘Slightly Less Awful’ Than Heroin. Science Says He’s Wrong


Alexandra Sifferlin -Time – Mar 16, 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in remarks prepared for delivery this week that he believes marijuana is “only slightly less awful,” than heroin.

“I realize this may be an unfashionable belief in a time of growing tolerance of drug use. But too many lives are at stake to worry about being fashionable,” reads his prepared statement Wednesday during an appearance with local and federal law enforcement officials in Richmond, Va. “I reject the idea that America will be a better place if marijuana is sold in every corner store. And I am astonished to hear people suggest that we can solve our heroin crisis by legalizing marijuana — so people can trade one life-wrecking dependency for another that’s only slightly less awful. Our nation needs to say clearly once again that using drugs will destroy your life.”

Sessions veered from the script and did not say marijuana is “only slightly less awful” during his speech, though it remains in the remarks on the Department of Justice website. Scientists who study marijuana disagree with his position.

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Medicinal cannabis: Father of 5yo Katelyn Lambert gave daughter drug out of necessity


Medicinal cannabis: Father of 5yo Katelyn Lambert gave daughter drug out of necessity, court told

BY: Emma Simkin – ABC News – March 16, 2017

The father of a poster-child for medicinal cannabis was in tears as police confiscated the drug from their home, according to a video shown in court as he answered charges of cultivation and possession.

Michael Lambert entered the court surrounded by his family, including his five-year-old daughter Katelyn who has a severe form of epilepsy known as Dravet Syndrome.

Mr Lambert admitted that he had acted illegally in cultivating cannabis, but argued it was out of necessity to help treat his daughter who suffered from seizures, which traditional medicines could only supress.

“I believe my daughter was in imminent peril,” he said.

Mr Lambert initially began importing cannabis oil from Denmark but then started growing his own supply after fearing the overseas supply could run out.

The prosecution argued there were alternative and legal treatments available to Mr Lambert, while the magistrate also questioned whether home-produced cannabis oil had the same effectiveness as oil produced under clinical conditions.

But paediatrician Dr Adam Buckmaster told the court that he saw Katelyn one month after her father started administering her with cannabis oil containing an extract known as Cannabidiol (CBD).

He described “a significant improvement” in her condition and said: “I believe these improvements could only be attributed to CBD.”

Dr Buckmaster said she was “happy, interactive and social”.

Father in tears as property searched

The court was shown a DVD recording of the police search of Mr Lambert’s property.

He willingly showed police around the house and surrounds, giving them cannabis products, including two containers of dry sift, a tube of cannabis oil and cannabis plants.

In the recording, Mr Lambert told police he had a syringe in the fridge.

“You’ve got it and we have to seize it,” police said.

“It’s illegal.”

An emotional Mr Lambert began crying as he attempted to keep the oil to administer to his daughter that night.

Outside court, Mr Lambert said before taking medicinal cannabis, Katelyn was “doing a whole lot more dribbling and jerking” and she “wasn’t enjoying her life”.

“But look at her today, she’s having a good life,” he said.

“We know she’s been damaged by the seizures prior to medicinal cannabis but since she’s been on it she’s just been doing really well.”

Katelyn’s grandfather, Barry Lambert, said because of medicinal cannabis Katelyn had not been hospitalised nor had she experienced seizures for the past 20 months.

He said the CBD that was found in the cannabis plant, had assisted greatly and “she is clear as a bell”.

 

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LUXURY CANNABIS IS OFFICIALLY HERE


LUXURY CANNABIS IS OFFICIALLY HERE

By: Lauren Alexis Fraser – March 13, 2017 – Harpers Bazaar

The fashion industry has never been one to hide its infatuation with marijuana. Designers like Alexander Wang, Vetements, Jeremy Scott and more have embraced stoner culture in past collections with everything from weed grinder necklaces to pot print motifs. But now, fashion is finally ready to upgrade from cannabis prints to the real deal.

Enter Beboe, a new luxury cannabis brand making high-end products for a more sophisticated weed consumer. Founded by Clement Kwan (former president of YOOX) and renowned tattoo artist Scott Campbell, Beboe’s products—which so far include a vaporizer and pastilles—come in luxe packaging meant to be taken to different social settings from dinner to late night cocktails to afternoon tea (yes, this pot is chic enough for afternoon tea). The cannabis-infused products are made with a low dose blend of THC and CBD suited for both seasoned smokers and newbies.

“We hope to further along the end of prohibition by building sophisticated products and brands to attract a more sophisticated consumer. This is what we hope will be the catalyst in forging into this new frontier,” Kwan said in a statement from the brand.

And the story behind how Beboe was born is a surprisingly sweet one. The brand’s name was derived from Campbell’s grandmother, Be Boe, who baked marijuana brownies for his mother as she battled cancer during his childhood.

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People are giving their pets cannabis to cure their illnesses


With more people turning to medicinal marijuana to ease their ailments, others in the US are now using it to treat their pets.

Sick animals are being fed cannabis-based extracts, ointments and edibles to treat everything from arthritis to anxiety.

But the substances are not regulated and the health benefits have yet to be tested on animals, according to CNN.

Brett Hartmann gives his two dogs, Kallie and Brutus, a dose of liquid cannabis with their meals everyday.

Asked if he is just drugging his dogs, he said: ‘I beg to differ. I feel like this is botanical, this is plant medicine.’

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Can this man successfully treat opioid addiction with marijuana?


By Jane Porter in Los Angeles – The Guardian- March 9, 2017

A controversial new treatment facility in Los Angeles wants to find out if cannabis can help keep opioids from claiming more lives to addiction

When Joe Schrank got the call six years ago that his friend Greg Giraldo had been found unconscious after an overdose in a New Jersey hotel room, he was not surprised. Giraldo, a comedian, had cycled through the addiction loop for years, and Schrank had tried in vain to save him.

“Greg’s death really rattled me to the core,” says Schrank, a trained social worker who works with addicts. “He tried the abstinence route and it never really took root. I felt like rehab had failed him. It failed his family. It failed me. I kept thinking he could be smoking pot instead of dead. And that’s a big difference.”

Using pot instead of cocaine and Valium was something Schrank had suggested to his friend weeks before his death. Although it is an unpopular idea in the rehab world, where Schrank had made his career (first at the Malibu detox center Promises, then as head of a clean house in Brooklyn and founder of the The Fix, a website dedicated to addiction recovery), he nonetheless had a hunch marijuana could have helped his friend.

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200 pounds of marijuana found in Cincinnati police dispatch supervisor’s basement, DEA reports


By   – March 8, 2017

Cincinnati police dispatch supervisor was arrested after DEA agents said they found about 200 pounds of marijuana in her basement.

Teneal Poole, 36, of Silverton, was arrested Tuesday and charged with possession of drugs and permitting drug abuse.

According to court documents, Poole told investigators that the marijuana belonged to her live-in boyfriend.

Poole has worked for the city of Cincinnati since 2007, City Manager Harry Black said.

Disciplinary action will be determined in conjunction with the legal process, Black added.

Poole is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.

The Butler County Sheriff’s Office will hold a press conference on the bust at 11 a.m.

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Paging Dr. Spicer: Cannabis Could Help Fight Opioid Abuse and Save Us Billions, Actually


By Janet Burns –  Forbes March 2, 2017

On Friday, a new report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) revealed that 25% of U.S. overdoses are due to heroin, a Schedule 1 drug to which an estimated one million Americans are addicted, many of whom escalate to this cheaper option from prescription opioid dependence, which has millions more in its clutches. The day before, White House press secretary Sean Spicer seemed to link the country’s massive opioid epidemic with the rising popularity and use of recreational cannabis, another drug on our nation’s highest-risk Schedule 1 list (if not without controversy).

What the secretary and others might not know, however, is that experts think cannabis could offer serious relief to the soaring number of mostly low- or middle-income rural and swing-state voters now suffering under the opioid epidemic, 91 of whom die every day. According to recent studies, the plant may even have the potential not only to curb addiction and save lives, but also to save billions for American taxpayers (if not drug companies).

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A “cannabis gym” is opening in San Francisco


By William Hughes – News Wire – March 3, 2017

Because nothing says “optimal work-out goals” like deadlifts and smoking weed, a San Francisco entrepreneur has announced that he’s starting a “cannabis gym” for fans of working out while high. That’s according to Teen Vogue, which reports that Jim McAlpine’s Power Plant Fitness wants to help athletes and fitness junkies get into “eye-of-the-tiger mode” with a little recreational help. According to Power Plant’s web site, the company hopes to buck the stereotype of regular cannabis users as lazy stoners (even as its promotional video shows plenty of evidence to the contrary, including shots of Arnold Schwarzenegger getting high in Pumping Iron).

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Exclusive: Feds threatening to shut down marijuana festival, Cannabis Cup, in Las Vegas


BY Jenny Kane  RGJ – Feb 27, 2017

One of the world’s largest marijuana festivals, which is expected to be held this week on tribal land outside of Las Vegas, has been facing a possible shutdown for the past two weeks, according to a letter sent by federal officials earlier this month.

U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden, based in Las Vegas, sent a Feb. 16 letter to the Moapa Paiute Tribe reminding the tribe that the transport, possession, use and distribution of marijuana is illegal under federal law. The marijuana trade show and festival, planned for March 4 and 5, would be in violation of that law, according to the letter obtained by the Reno Gazette-Journal.

“I am informed that the tribal council is moving forward with the planned marijuana event referred to as the 2017 High Times Cannabis Cup because it is under the impression that the so-called ‘Cole Memorandum’ and subsequent memoranda from the Department of Justice permit marijuana use, possession and distribution on tribal lands when the state law also permits it. Unfortunately, this is an incorrect interpretation of the Department’s position on this issue.”

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Donald Trump vs. marijuana: Here’s who will win


By Adam Bierman – CNBC – Feb 27, 2017

By now, many have seen the headlines: “White House Spokesman Predicts More Federal Action Against Marijuana” (NPR), “White House: Feds will step up marijuana law enforcement” (CNN), “Marijuana entrepreneurs try to stay calm after Spicer comments on weed” (CNBC). It is hard to believe a minute and a half out of an hour-long press briefing could cause so much commotion.

Let’s examine what White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer actually said. He essentially said two things. He distinguished medical marijuana from adult use, and he believes “you’ll see greater enforcement” of the Controlled Substance Act against recreational use.

Mr. Spicer did not say there were any imminent actions from the U.S. Department of Justice, the agency charged with enforcing federal law. In fact, he said the question of enforcement would be better addressed by the DOJ itself. Mr. Spicer was stating what he believes.

Here’s what I believe. I believe Mr. Spicer’s acknowledgement that the president supports state’s rights when it comes to medical marijuana is a positive development. Mr. Spicer also referenced the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment, first passed in 2014, which currently prohibits the federal government from prosecuting medical marijuana in states where it is legal.

“The president understands the pain and suffering that many people go through who are facing especially terminal diseases and the comfort that some of these drugs, including medical marijuana, can bring to them,” Mr. Spicer said.

So at least on the question of medical marijuana, there seems to be broad consensus. Medical marijuana is now legal in 28 states and accounts for about three quarters of the burgeoning legal cannabis industry.

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Growing Cannabis Outdoors in Alaska is Challenging, but Not Impossible


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Senator Richard Ojeda introduces medical cannabis bill


By Owen Wells –  Williamson Daily News – Feb 26, 2017

State Senator Richard Ojeda of Logan County has introduced a bill that would legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes in the state.

Ojeda was joined by senators Robert Beach, Douglas Facemire, Ronald Miller, Corey Palumbo, Mike Romano, Patricia Rucker, Ron Stollings, Chandler Swope, Mike Woelfel and Greg Boso in sponsorship of the bill.

The bill, SB 386, is known as the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Act and would create a cannabis commission which would, “…develop policies, procedures, guidelines and regulations to implement programs to make medical cannabis available to qualifying patients in a safe and effective manner.”

The commission would be made up of the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Resources and the commissioner of the Department of Agriculture and 13 others to be appointed by the governor.

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Proposed limits for medical marijuana supply in Ohio among strictest


By Jackie Borchardt  Cleveland.com – Feb 23, 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Proposed limits on how much medical marijuana Ohio patients could buy and possess would be among the strictest the country.

Patients could buy and possess up to 6 ounces of plant material or marijuana products containing the equivalent amount of THC in a 90-day period. That puts Ohio on par with New Jersey and Washington D.C. as the most restrictive states among 13 regulators compared Ohio with.

Ohio’s medical marijuana law allows patients with 20 medical conditions to buy and use marijuana if recommended by a doctor. Smoking the plant is not allowed, but dispensaries can sell plant material and oils for vaping, tinctures, patches and marijuana-infused oils and foods.

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Ban on Recreational Marijuana to Be Enforced, White House Says


By Jennifer Kaplan – Bloomberg – Feb 23, 2017

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said he expects the Justice Department to increase enforcement of laws prohibiting the recreational use of marijuana, a departure from the Obama administration’s less aggressive stance as states began legalizing recreational as well as medical use of the drug.

“There are two distinct issues here: medical marijuana and recreational marijuana,” Spicer told reporters Thursday. “There’s still a federal law that we need to abide by when it comes to recreational marijuana and other drugs of that nature.”

The Justice Department could decide to enforce federal law and shut down businesses in the medical and recreational cannabis industries even in states where they have been made legal. That would be an about-face from the Obama administration’s policy of deferring to the states, saying it would concentrate on matters such as preventing distribution to minors, drugged driving and blocking revenue from going to gangs and criminals.

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When Retirement Comes With a Daily Dose of Cannabis


By: Winnie Hu – NY Times – February 19, 2017

When Retirement Comes With a Daily Dose of Cannabis

Ruth Brunn finally said yes to marijuana. She is 98.

She pops a green pill filled with cannabis oil into her mouth with a sip of vitamin water. Then Ms. Brunn, who has neuropathy, settles back in her wheelchair and waits for the jabbing pain in her shoulders, arms and hands to ebb.

“I don’t feel high or stoned,” she said. “All I know is I feel better when I take this.”

Ms. Brunn will soon have company. The nursing home in New York City where she lives, the Hebrew Home at Riverdale, is taking the unusual step of helping its residents use medical marijuana under a new program to treat various illnesses with an alternative to prescription drugs. While the staff will not store or administer pot, residents are allowed to buy it from a dispensary, keep it in locked boxes in their rooms and take it on their own.

From retirement communities to nursing homes, older Americans are increasingly turning to marijuana for relief from aches and pains. Many have embraced it as an alternative to powerful drugs like morphine, saying that marijuana is less addictive, with fewer side effects.

For some people, it is a last resort when nothing else helps.

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